Thursday April 25, 2013
Dr. Alicia Cunningham has been named by Concierge Medicine Today as one of the nation’s top 16 concierge doctors.
“It is an honor to win this recognition, and to be in the company of such a motivated, innovative group of doctors,” says Dr. Cunningham. “Across the entire demographic spectrum, concierge medicine is growing fast in Vermont, mainly by word of mouth, as patients recommend it to each other. What is also encouraging is businesses have started to contact me, looking for a way to improve care for their employees while saving valuable work time.”
Concierge medicine is a relatively new concept in health care systems. The idea is simple. People looking to find a concierge doctor pay a set fee for the year. Because the practice is less than a third the size of typical internal medicine practices and has no administrative overhead, a doctor can offer personalized comprehensive care in an innovative way. Notes Cunningham: “Steve Jobs said ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,’ and it really is true. Creating a practice that involves just the doctor and the patient has wonderful results.”
Dr. Cunningham believes that concierge internal medicine is a key part of the solution to America’s health care difficulties. She is able to give patients more time and attention while reducing overall costs for the health care system. The growth of concierge medicine promises both better health care and lower system overhead.
Dr. Cunningham is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Brigham & Women’s Residency program. She is the first female concierge doctor in the state of Vermont. Her office is located in South Burlington.
SOURCE: Concierge Medicine Today